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Director's Cut

A Director's Cut is a specially edited version of a movie that is supposed to represent the director's own approved edit of the movie. It often comes some time after the original release of the film, where the original release differs from the director's approved edit. 'Cut' being synonymous with 'edit' in this context. With most studio films the director does not have final cut, and the studio can insist on changes to make the film more likely to succeed at the box office. This sometimes means happier endings or less ambiguity. Most common, however, is that studios ask that the film be shortened. Thus a Director's Cut is often considerably longer. Sometimes for the better ('Bladerunner'), sometimes not, ('Donnie Darko'), but then it's all a matter of opinion. Scroll below to discover Alice's treasure trove of Director's Cuts and decide for yourself.

Das Boot ( aka The Boat ) (1981)

8.4/10
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Herbert Gronemeyer, Jurgen Prochnow, Klaus Wennemann

A.k.a. 'The Boat.' Totally restored and with over an hour of never-before-seen footage, Das Boot: The Director's Cut is Wolfgang Petersen's acclaimed... Read more

Das Boot ( aka The Boat ) ( Blu-ray ) (1981)

8.4/10
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Herbert Gronemeyer, Jurgen Prochnow, Klaus Wennemann

A.k.a. 'The Boat.' Totally restored and with over an hour of never-before-seen footage, Das Boot: The Director's Cut is Wolfgang Petersen's acclaimed... Read more

Dawn of the Dead ( Blu-ray ) (2004)

7.3/10
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Mekhi Phifer, Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber

Debut feature from music video/commercial director Zack Snyder is a chilling, and worthy, remake of George Romero's classic '70s zombie flick which fi... Read more

Donnie Darko ( Blu-ray ) (2001)

8.1/10
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary McDonnell, No...

During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, dem... Read more

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2001)

8.1/10
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary McDonnell, No...

During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, dem... Read more

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

6.6/10
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer, Adriana Barra...

Sam Raimi returns triumphantly to his horror roots with this camp frightener about a good-hearted Southern girl who attracts a nasty curse. Christine... Read more

Halloween (2007)

6.1/10
Director: Rob Zombie
Starring: Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Scout Taylor-Compt...

He of the bluish-white Captain Kirk mask and bloody butcher knife comes home to Haddonfield once more in Rob Zombie's remake of the 1978 John Carpente... Read more

Halloween II (2009)

4.9/10
Director: Rob Zombie
Starring: Brad Dourif, Malcolm McDowell, Danielle Harris, Sheri Moon Zombie, Scout Taylor-...

Director Rob Zombie's sequel picks up at the exact moment that his 2007 "Halloween" stopped as Michael Myers' sister (Scout Taylor-Compton) gets a bri... Read more

Hellboy: The Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (2004)

6.9/10
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Rupert Evans, John Hurt

Guillermo del Toro's unique and stunningly realized adaptation of Mike Mignola's acclaimed comic book series stars a perfectly cast Ron Perlman as the... Read more

Highlander II: Renegade Version (Special Edition) (1991)

4.1/10
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Starring: Christopher Lambert, John C McGinley, Michael Ironside, Sean Connery, Virginia M...

It's 2024 and MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) and Ramirez (Sean Connery) are back to save planet Earth. Ozone depletion, time travel and corporate greed... Read more